Liam Maccarthy

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 Miriam Gutierrez pays tribute to Katie Taylor after their fight in November. Photograph:   Mark Robinson/Inpho

Taylor v Gutierrez Wembley Arena, London, November 14th Her smile stood out. Miriam Gutierrez’s face had received ferocious blows for the entire bou(...)

Armagh v Roscommon in the National League in October: Armagh had "home advantage", courtesy of self-portraits from over 3,000 primary school children across the county in the stands. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Crowds There weren’t any. And it took our pundits some time to adjust to the new normal. Eg Before Armagh played Roscommon at the Athletic Grounds: C(...)

Niyi Adeolokun celebrates with John Muldoon after Bristol Bears’ win over RC Toulon at Stade Maurice-David in October. Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

“The fathach is gone now, he has gone back to his castle but the memories live on.” – Connacht tribute to John Muldoon in 2018 When elders of the hur(...)

Vullnet Halimi, Halal Hussain, Sarah O’Gorman, Sean Nolan, Saoirse Cooney and Luke Brennan celebrate Limerick’s All-Ireland victory outside Katie Daly’s bar in Limerick. Photograph: David Raleigh

Supporters blew car horns as they travelled through the Treaty city on Sunday night as anthems like Limerick You’re A Lady and The Cranberries song Dr(...)

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane and Diarmaid Byrnes celebrate the All-Ireland victoryat Croke Park. Photograph: Tom Honan

Joanne Cantwell reminded us of how Limerick captain Declan Hannon summed up the oddness of it all earlier in the week. “It’s gas,” he said, “putting u(...)

Antrim’s Donal Nugent and manager Darren Gleeson celebrate winning the Joe McDonagh Cup final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Antrim 0-22 Kerry 1-17 Darren Gleeson was brought crashing to the ground by the weight of a Donal Nugent embrace a few moments after Antrim were con(...)

Waterford fans Shelly, Brigid and Aoife Phelan at Croke Park for the 2017All-Ireland final against Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As a giddy mini-bus from McLaughlin’s bar crossed the Blackwater Bridge at Youghal, en route to the 2002 Munster final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Larry Goga(...)

Liam Cahill:  “Their skill level was really good and we just needed to match that with fitness and athleticism which thankfully now is starting to come out.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Liam Cahill is understated about what exactly he thought the year might have in store after he took over the Waterford hurlers little less than 12 mon(...)

I think of this rivalry like the vicious killer clown in the horror movie IT. The clown is called Pennywise and he awakens from the underground world every 27 years to feed his need. The Tipperary-Galway rivalry was asleep since the late 80s. It’s now back in all its glory and hopefully it stays around for a while longer. There are too many good players for it to vanish underground. Photograph: Warner Bros/New Line Cinema

As I left Thurles on Sunday evening in the crisp darkness it felt like the weekend was summed up by a phrase that was in use elsewhere in the sporting(...)

Liam Sheedy: “There should be an adaptability to any particular day or conditions, that is going to be really important. We have that within the squad.” Photograph; Oisin Keniry/Inpho

It’s unusual for any county manager to declare himself “the luckiest man on earth” but Liam Sheedy has his reasons. Two and a half years ago he had a(...)

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